Learning Curriculum

Guidance for parents:

Here at The Willows our aim for your child is to:  

Develop as a unique individual who is constantly learning and can be resilliant, capable,confident and self assured.    

Become strong and independant through positive relationships with others.    

Develop, play and learn in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between staff, parents and or carers.  

All early years providers are required to meet certain standards set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Our requirement is that all staff in our setting use ongoing observations to monitor how your child is developing and use this to plan activities that are challenging and fun in all areas of learning and development, to enable your child to grow and progress.Here at The Willows we call these Learning Journals.    

Learning Journals are divided into Areas of Learning and development that fit in with EYFS. This sets out your childs developmental progress across these areas from Birth to Five years.

Prime Areas of Learning:  

Personal,social and emotional development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Specific areas of Learning:  



Understanding the World  

Expressive Arts and design    

It is important to remember that each child is unique and no two children will follow exactly the same pathway of learning and development. These early steps in playing and learning are very important if your child is going to be able to make good progress later on.Play is how young people learn and we will not rush them in  thier learning until they are ready, but will support and encourage them through play.